Ina Yoko Teutenberg Retires

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Wining the Merco Classic for the 5th time

Ina Yoko Teutenberg, one of the most successful female riders in the sport, has decided to end her career after a terrible crash earlier this season.

The Specialized-lululemon crashed happened in March during the Acht van Dwingeloo.

 

Ina Yoko had this to say “It’s not the way I wanted to retire from the sport, I have considered the option of racing one more season in 2014 just to be able to finish my career racing rather than due to injury, but I’ve decided it’s time now. I’m looking forward to life after racing and finding a new career.”

She has recorded over 200+ wins in her career.

Pictured here, she took her 5th consecutive Merced Criterium victory earlier this year.

 

 

Tayler Wiles Claims Two Women’s Series Jerseys

 

Tayler Wiles

Tayler Wiles

Tayler Wiles Claims Two Women’s Series Jerseys

Current standings of the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

 

(Minneapolis – April 16, 2013)  Tayler Wiles (Specialized lululemon) earned the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series white Best Young Rider jersey outright with a stellar second place finish at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in April.  She then inherited the orange Individual leader’s jersey when Alison Powers’ team, NOW & Novartis for MS, didn’t attend the Nature Valley Grand Prix, the second race in the three-race series.  Wiles successfully defended both jerseys at Nature Valley, although her hold on the Individual jersey is tenuous, with TIBCO teammates Shelley Olds and Claudia Hausler nipping at her heals.  Olds is the 2013 Nature Valley Grand Prix champion while Hausler won the iconic Stillwater Criterium, the brutal final stage at Nature Valley. and currently leads the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar.

 

The Sprinter competition is a Tour de Force for Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies, who occupy the top three positions.  Joelle Numainville holds the red sprinters jersey, followed by teammates Jade Wilcoxson and Brianna Walle.   Walle had the red jersey after Redlands.

 

Specialized lululemon stretched their lead in the team competition, in significant part because of the performances of Wiles and Ally Stacher.  Both riders are under age 26 and the Series rules provide a bonus for the performances of young riders.

 

Individual Competition

1 – 230 – Wiles, Tayler (Specialized – lululemon)

2 – 200 – Olds, Shelley (Team TIBCO To the Top Pro Cycling)

3 – 194 – Hausler, Claudia (Team TIBCO To the Top Pro Cycling)

4 – 166 – Wilcoxson, Jade (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)

5 – 150 – Numainville, Joelle (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)

 

Best Young Rider (U26) Competition

1 – 400 – Wiles, Tayler (Specialized – lululemon)

2 – 274 – Ramsden, Denise (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)

3 – 274 – Stacher, Ally (Specialized – lululemon)

4 – 114 – Kirchmann, Leah (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)

5 – 106 – Schneider, Samantha (Team TIBCO To the Top Pro Cycling)

 

Sprinter Competition

1 – 214 – Numainville, Joelle (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)

2 – 184 – Wilcoxson, Jade (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)

3 – 164 – Walle, Brianna (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)

4 – 158 – Kiesanowski, Joanne (Team TIBCO To the Top Pro Cycling)

5 – 150 – Olds, Shelley (Team TIBCO To the Top Pro Cycling)

 

Team Ranking

1 – 732 – Specialized – lululemon

2 – 596 – Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies

3 – 594 – Team TIBCO To the Top Pro Cycling

4 -   28 – Team Colavita Fine Cooking

 

The Redlands Classic (April 4 – 7) was the first stop on the tenth anniversary edition of the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series. The Series continued at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota (June 12-16).  The Series will conclude with the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic (July 16-21) in Oregon.  The Series is funded by the participating events, with jerseys donated by Champion Systems.

 

National Championship Road Race by Tayler Wiles (Lululemon)

National Championship Road Race by Tayler Wiles (Lululemon)

National Championship Road Race by Tayler Wiles (Lululemon)

National Championship Road Race

by Tayler Wiles (Lululemon)

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The course for this year’s road race was pretty incredible.  With 5-mile circuits around beautiful downtown Chattanooga and a 4km climb up Lookout Mountain, there was a little bit of everything adding up to some very exciting racing.  Our race was full gas from the gun with teams fighting for an early break in the three circuits leading up to the climb.  Despite constant attacks and very aggressive racing the group came to the climb altogether.  Carmen picked up the pace leading into the climb launching Evie from the bottom.  Evie’s attacked splintered the field with only a select group able to hold on.  With 1km to the summit Evie attacked again with only Mara Abbott able to follow.  The two of them made the descent together, eventually being caught by a small group of chasers.  The group rolled along, but without many people willing to work the next chase group caught back on and an immediate attack came from NOW & Novaritis’ Robin Farina, which initiated the winning break.

 

As the break began to gain time, more time riders from the peloton bridged.  The second time up the climb, the pace was controlled on the front by Exergy TWENTY16 rider Kristin McGrath as Evie attacked out of the chase group behind, bringing Mara with her.  Just before the summit of the climb, Mara made contact with the front group, and after descending Lookout Mountain she made a brilliant attack and gained time quickly on the break.  The front group consisted of two Optum riders (Jade Wilcoxson and Lauren Hall), four Exergy TWENTY16 riders (Mara [now up the road], Kristin McGrath, Jacklyn Crowell, and Andrea Dvorak), Amanda Miller from Tibco, Alison Powers from NOW & Novatis for MS, as well as Carmen Small and me (Specialized lululemon of course!)

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Specialized lululemon Leads the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

 

Specialized lululemon Leads the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series

 

(Minneapolis – April 16, 2013)  Team Specialized lululemon sits atop the team standings for the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series after the Series opener at the Redlands Bicycle Classic, thanks to an impressive second place performance by Tayler Wiles, despite being only 22 years old.  The Series rules are designed to encourage participation by young riders, so her points were doubled for the team competition.  Also adding to the team total was 25 year old Ally Stacher, whose points were also doubled.  Specialized lululemon leads NOW and Novartis for MS by over 100 points, with TIBCO to the Top in third.

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Catching up with Carmen Small (Specialized Lululemon)

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At this point in the season, I have raced and trained more in the rain and cold than in the sun and dry.  I knew spring in Europe could be difficult, racing in bad weather and doing the hardest one-day races of the year, but I never expected it to be this challenging.  With all that said, I wouldn’t trade it for any other experience.  My new team, Specialized Lululemon, brightens it up.

 

I left home June 4th for sunny California and a USA track camp in Los Angeles.  I ate up the good weather because 10 days later I was traveling to Mallorca, Spain.  Oh wait, you are thinking, an island…warm, sunny.  Nope, it was cold and rainy, but that’s to be expected since it is winter there.  We had a great camp with almost 30 hours of training on the bike in one week, which was by far the hardest training camp that I have ever attended.  It was great getting to know my Euro teammates and bonding over those hard training days and shared silliness off the bike.  [Read more...]

Merco Classic by Tayler Wiles

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Merco Classic

by Tayler Wiles

 

Merco was the first race with my new team (Specialized-lululemon) and it was a pretty incredible start.  I was really happy to see the women’s 4-day stage race return with the MID road race as stage 1.  Two years ago, this was my very first race as a professional.  This year, I was able to cross the finish line 1st, with teammate Evelyn Stevens taking 2nd, and it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had racing my bike.

 

We wanted to get Evie and I in a break, which happened on lap 2 as Alison Powers went hard up the climb to get the QOM points and caused a split.  We got a break of 6 rolling with Evie, Andrea Dvorak, Alison Powers, Lauren Hall, and me. The last time up the climb, Evie attacked and got a good gap.  Powers chased her and I just sat tight on her wheel.  After the descent, I looked back and noticed it was just Powers and me.  We’d lost the rest of the girls in the break.  I sat on Powers until we were about 30 feet from Evie, and then I attacked Powers on a small kicker and bridged to Evie.  Then came the fun part, as the two of us time trialed to the finish. [Read more...]

Specialized-lululemon announces 2013 roster

The smiling American Evelyn Stevens returns to Specialized-lululemon for the 2013 season. Stevens won the 2012 edition of La Flèche Wallonne ahead of Marianne Vos.

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Building on Success: Specialized-lululemon announces 2013 roster

 

Specialized-lululemon today announced the team roster for the 2013 season. Both title sponsors will continue with the team next year, and the core of the roster will remain the same with eight riders returning. Team owner Kristy Scrymgeour has subtly altered the mix on the team with three new signings, and the U.S.-registered team will include eleven riders.

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Cycling and Chess

Evelyn Steven and team Specialized-lululemon’s win at the Fleche Wallonne Femmes 2012 highlights how team strategy, and not raw power, is the most important in cycling. The American Steven took the top podium finish ahead of last year and four time Fleche winner Marianne Vos as well as other prominent fixtures of international women’s cycling.

 

The story of the day is not about powerful riders destroying their rivals, though they had their moments at the start of the race, but the superb strategy employed by team Specilized in sending Canadian rider Clara Hughes, who fittingly won rider of the day award, into the front after the first climb up the Mur de Huy. The time trial specialist upped the pace and destroyed what was left of the peloton, isolating Steven and Vos to battle for the win. The strategy paid off as Stevens outlasted Vos at the top of the climb for the win. [Read more...]